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Batavia girls soccer buries chances, W. Chicago

BATAVIA – Playing through dropping temperatures and a stiff wind, the Batavia girls soccer team defeated visiting West Chicago, 7-1, in a lopsided Upstate Eight Conference crossover game.

Batavia sophomore Megan McEachern and senior Brooke LeFevre netted two goals each and junior forward Karina Rosales added a goal and assist.

The game started with a flurry of scoring that began with West Chicago sophomore Marcy Gonzalez.

After Batavia gave the Wildcats two early corner kicks, Gonzalez punched one by freshman goalkeeper Jenny Scara, one of three Batavia goals in the first six minutes of the game.

The Wildcats' early goal was the only real threat to Batavia. The Bulldogs then scored seven unanswered goals.

Batavia moved to 6-6-1 on the season and capitalized on its scoring chances. Coach Mark Gianfrancesco credited his team’s calm demeanor.

“We work a lot on staying composed,” Gianfrancesco said. "The girls stayed focused and kept going at it.”

Batavia freshman Mackenzie Foster found the ball at her feet a few times during first half and scored the go-ahead goal in the fifth minute.

West Chicago coach Cesar Gomez did not want to use any excuses, but said seven of the Wildcats’ starters were injured and unable to play in today’s match.

“It’s one of those games that hopefully they will learn something from it, I know I will learn something from it and come back from it. We have a game Tuesday and hopefully (we can) recover,” Gomez said.

Wildcats goalie Itza Salazar was able to make some key saves in the second half, but the offense never found its stride with so many missing starters.

Batavia on the other hand used accurate short and long passes to spring forwards for open looks.

“(We) had a lot of movement up top and dropping balls (back),” Rosales said of the offense.

Batavia hosts Geneva in a crucial conference game Tuesday night.

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